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Police on lookout for jewelry store bandit

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany Police Department is looking for a man believed to have robbed a Dawson Road jewelry store.

Sought for the theft of two gold necklaces valued at a total of $4,090, is Scott Anderson, described as a white male, about 5 feet, 11 inches in height, with short "blondish" hair and weighing around 175 pounds.

Police said Anderson has a tattoo on his left forearm that includes the name "Nadia" and, when last seen, had a "goatee." Warrants were taken Tuesday against Anderson charging him with robbery and obstruction of a police officer, APD officials said.

Steve Allen, the owner of Allen's Jewelers at 1155 Dawson Road, told police that a white male entered the store shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday and was looking at the two necklaces as if considering them for purchase. As he considered the merchandise, the suspect continued to glance toward the front door of the jewelry store, Allen said. According to Allen, the suspect suddenly ran through the door, taking the necklaces. Police officials say Anderson was later identified from two separate photo lineups by a jewelry store employee.

An APD officer later spotted Anderson, who was driving a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and gave chase. According to the officer's report, Anderson abandoned the car in an alley near the 700 block of 16th avenue and fled on foot. A search of the escape vehicle yielded a back pack a with drug paraphernalia and tools which could be used to commit burglary, officials say.

Police detained a man Tuesday afternoon but released him when they determined he was not the suspect they were hunting.

Anderson has been charged with one count of robbery and one count of obstruction of an officer with other charges pending, police officials say. Anyone who has information toward Anderson's whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.